Religious Studies

Department Information

Welcome to Religious Studies.
We are a high achieving and popular department and our students enjoy the lessons. Students at Rodillian study Religious Studies (RS) as a compulsory subject in Year 7 and 8. They then have the option to select the subject in Year 9 as a Pre Option level and again at GCSE Level in year 10 or 11.
Students are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and the beliefs of others. As well as developing literacy skills, we aim to foster an attitude of respect and understanding for those around us, both in the classroom and in our community. Our teaching style is centred on students being creative and thinking outside of the box, and we place a great deal of emphasis on the enjoyment of our subject.

Year 7:

In year 7 we give our students an introduction to Religious Studies lessons at Rodillian Academy. Students are encouraged to be open about their beliefs and opinions but to respect that there is diversity and to understand others may be different to them. Throughout year 7 we study the topics of Guidelines for Living, Superheroes, Hinduism and Ultimate Questions.

Year 8:

In Year 8 RE we now teach a cross curricular contextual curriculum. This encapsulates the wider issues within RE taught from the perspective of the media within a set theme. Students are able to contextualise their understanding of the topics studied by linking the learning to real life issues and explore each theme across all Humanities subjects.

Year 9:

This is a pre option year where students study a range of topics including: Is Religion Dangerous? Religion in the Media, Philosophy and Ethics in Society, the Holocaust, Diversity and Life and Death.

Year 10 or 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

Eduqas RE full course GCSE

This course will engage students in a range of issues facing contemporary society, building skills in debate and discussion, critical thought as well as analysing alternative views. They will also be looking in depth at the history and practice of these religious traditions and their impact on believers and culture too. The qualification is 100% examination

Component 1


Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world

  1. Issues of RelationshipsWhat is a family? Roles of men and women in the family, The nature and purpose of marriage, Cohabitation, Adultery, Divorce, Remarriage, Attitudes to sex, Attitudes to contraception, Gender equality, prejudice and discrimination  
  2. Issues of Life and DeathReligious and scientific perspectives on the origins of the world, The design argument, Stewardship, What makes us human? When does life begin? Abortion, Euthanasia and life after death
  3. Issues of Good and EvilCrime and Punishment, Prison, Death Penalty, Forgiveness and Evil and Suffering
  4. Issues of Human RightsHuman rights, Social justice, Prejudice and discrimination and Racism, Wealth and Poverty
  5. Issues of Relationships What is a family? Roles of men and women in the family, The nature and

Component 2



Beliefs and Teachings: The nature of God, why is there evil and suffering? Creation, The life of Jesus, The afterlife

Practices: Forms of worship, Importance of prayer, Baptism, Eucharist, Celebrations Pilgrimage and the role of the Church

Component 3



Beliefs and Teachings: The Islamic community, The foundations of the faith, The Nature of God, Life after Death, The Prophet Muhammad and Judgement

Practices: The 5 pillars of Islam, Charity, Hajj, Jihad and festivals


Department Staff:

Mrs S Tattersall:  Head of RE and PSHE [email protected]

Mrs S O’Brien: Head of Humanities [email protected]

Mr A Amoss: Teacher of RE



Intervention classes take place in the department from 2:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There are also revision classes leading up to the exam as well as in the Easter holidays.

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